3 day itinerary for Reykjavik

3 day itinerary for Reykjavik

This itinerary will help you pack in as much as possible to your break in Reykjavik without leaving you feeling overwhelmed.

Day 1 – Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights

Fly into Keflavik International Airport

On the way from the airport stop in at the Blue Lagoon. You can book an airport transfer that includes the stop at the Blue Lagoon.  When you get there take a little bit of time to walk around the outside to enjoy the scenery before heading in.

Blue lagoon

Once you are booked in you get a wrist band which you can use to access lockers and also purchase drinks. We paid extra to hire dressing gowns but we use them for less than five minutes so it wasn’t really worth the extra cash.

Remember to follow the advice of putting conditioner in your hair before getting in, my hair was so frizzy and dry when I got it.

After a relaxing start catch the bus into the city and check in to your accommodation. We stayed in an apartment just off Laugavegur Street, which is the main shopping street.

Get your bearings by taking a stroll down Laugavegur Street before heading up the tower at Hallgrimskirkja Church for great views of the city.

Grab an early dinner at the Lebowski bar or Prikid before heading out on your Northern lights Tour (well hopefully). There are multiple companies based in Reykjavik that offer tours with different start times, most let you know between 4-6pm if the tour is going ahead.

Definitely book you Northern Lights tour for the first night as the chances are it will get cancelled but you’ve then got the option to rebook for another night.

Day 2 – Golden Circle and Swimming

Head off on the golden circle, if you’re going in winter I wouldn’t recommend driving instead book on to a day tour.

We went with Grayline on their Golden Circle Classic tour. The tour takes you into Þingvellir National Park where you can see the tectonic plates, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss Waterfall


Spend the evening at one of the many local geothermic swimming pools hanging out with the locals. I headed to Laugardalslaug which has 5 hot tubs and steam rooms.

For dinner head to Le Bistro or Matwerk.

Day 3 – Reykjavik

Spend the day in Reykjavik, start by doing the free walking tour before heading to the Settlement Exhibition.

3 day itinerary for Reykjavik

3 day itinerary for Reykjavik

After lunch head to the beach! Yes they got their own geothermic beach on the outskirt of town.

Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights of Reykjavik before catching your flight home.

Added extras

Here’s a couple of ideas worth looking into if you’ve got a bit more time and money:

If you’re going to Iceland in the winter you need to be flexible with your plans as the weather can be a little bit problematic. We went in March and had to cancel our planed Glacier trek due to a really bad storm which meant we couldn’t leave the apartment in the morning.

When you arrive in Iceland if you want to head straight into Reykjavik you can always do the Blue Lagoon on your way back to the airport.

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3 day itinerary for Reykjavik


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